MOSCOW, December 11 (RAPSI) – Ukrainian authorities must dismiss criminal prosecution of Crimeans as the citizenship choice is not a crime, Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova said during the Ombudsmen Coordination Council’s session on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, at the meeting of President Vladimir Putin with ombudsmen Moskakova reported that over 6,000 residents of Crimea fell under prosecution by Ukraine.

The international community steers clear from this problem and fails to make any recommendations to Ukrainian authorities, according to Moskalkova. However, Russian human rights commissioner repeatedly held negotiations with Ukraine’s ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova, and Moskalkova believes that there is understanding, and even a bill on termination on criminal cases against Crimeans has been drafted. However, Ukrainian government is not yet ready to adopt this decision, the Russian ombudsman said.

According to Moskalkova, people are not guilty of choosing Russian citizenship, this is not a crime. They can make any choice they want, including such issues as residence or citizenship, she stated.